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Reading suggestions from the book piles of Penguin Books Australia staff.

It’s an enormous thrill to be able to read books before they hit the shelves. And, let’s face it, it’s why many Penguin Books Australia staffers are in the publishing business to begin with. Words spread pretty fast around here, so every month we whip around the offices to ask what everyone is reading. These are some of our current favourites.

  • The rise, fall and rise of sport gambling in Australia

  • The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? Dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable.

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARD A big story from a small town.

  • The long-awaited new collection of short stories from Australia’s master of the short-story genre.

  • Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!

  • Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series — from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney.

  • A savagely funny and perceptive coming-of-age debut novel - a battle cry for the #metoo generation.

  • Marian Keyes meets Love Actually in this fresh, funny and gloriously romantic Australian novel that has sold all around the world.

  • An exploration of the work women do together.

  • From household name Justine Clarke (actress, singer, children’s entertainer) and musician extraordinaire Josh Pyke comes a laugh-out-loud picture book based on the song ‘A Banana is a Banana’. Paired with bright illustrations by award-winner Heath McKenzie this story champions the fun kids can have with words, rhymes and a bit of imagination.

  • In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

  • Teeming with energy, humour and heart, a love song to black Britain told by twelve very different women.

  • In a brand-new expanded edition, the little book of history-making speeches by an extraordinary young woman who has taken the world by storm.

  • A devastating flood on the Hawkesbury almost wipes out the young colony, bringing to the surface many secrets and desires in this masterpiece of historical fiction

  • A rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.

  • In a characteristically sweeping and entertaining story, George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia’s political impasse.

  • Speculative fiction of the highest calibre: one woman fights to retain her sense of self amidst the chaos of work, motherhood and alternative universes.

  • An exciting and ground-breaking work of journalism and activism about women, and the systemic discrimination caused by a data gap that affects half the population – from an award-winning writer and feminist campaigner, who got a woman on our banknotes and a statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square

  • The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles

  • The chilling sequel to the book that inspired the smash-hit Netflix drama, MINDHUNTER.

  • On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

  • A magical adventure for all the family from beloved music legend Paul McCartney, taking readers around the world and back in time for bed!

  • From the winner of The Women's Prize winner and New York Times Bestseller An American Marriage.

  • A ten-year-old pirate captain? Absurd? Not in the world of Atticus Van Tasticus, a fabulously funny new illustrated junior fiction series from the brilliant and wacky creative minds of Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King.

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